Dak Prescott plans to sign his franchise tender soon.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter says Prescott is expected to sign the one-year $31.4 million exclusive tender “by Monday.” This action would ensure that Dak must play for the Cowboys in 2020, whether on this one-year tag or on a long-term extension. The two sides have until July 15 to agree to a long-term deal, but there should not be any drama in terms of a holdout this summer if Prescott and the team don’t get something done by then.
Colby Parkinson broke his foot and recently had surgery, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Parkinson suffered the injury on June 2 while running routes, and he’s now rehabbing the injury. The fourth-round rookie is joining a very crowded tight end room in Seattle, so the missed time could be costly for him as he looks to earn a role in 2020. Veteran Greg Olsen is probably locked in as the Seahawks’ starter with Will Dissly (patellar) primed to see the field if he’s healthy. For dynasty owners, Parkinson has the profile to be a red zone threat at six-foot-seven.
Richie James Jr. suffered a broken wrist.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo says James is expected to miss at least two months with the injury. We would expect James will be ready to go for Week 1, but he’s in a competitive Niners receiving corps and could struggle to get consistent playing time on offense if he misses too much time this summer during camp. From a fantasy perspective, James is now off the radar for most redraft leagues.
Deebo Samuel broke his foot, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
More specifically, Rapoport says it’s a Jones fracture for Samuel, an injury that’s seemingly been somewhat common with wide receivers over the years. The promising second-year receiver is having foot surgery today and is reportedly expected to miss 12-16 weeks, which puts him on a timeline to potentially be ready as early as Week 1 and as late as early October. Of course, the hard-nosed Samuel will want to get on the field as soon as possible, but ideally the team and player will ensure he’s 100% healthy to avoid a re-fracture after he returns. Samuel’s recovery will be something to watch all summer.
Josh Gordon officially applied for reinstatement yesterday.
Gordon is currently serving another indefinite suspension, but he hopes to get cleared and land with a team this summer ahead of the 2020 season. Still somehow only 29 years old, Gordon is several years removed from his sensational All-Pro campaign in 2013, but he has the natural talent to contribute to a team if he can stay clean. Hopefully Gordon finds self-control and can go on to have a strong second act in the NFL.
Doug Pederson says Jalen Reagor will start learning at the Z.
Talking with reporters via webcam, the Eagles head coach says that the first-round rookie receiver will start his career learning from DeSean Jackson at the Z receiver position. Pederson added that when Reagor is comfortable with that position, he’ll be able to move around more (particularly inside at the slot). Clearly, Philadelphia sees the TCU product as a long-term speedster at the Z, similar to the role Tyreek Hill plays in the Chiefs offense. The shortened offseason due to COVID-19 might make it more difficult for rookies to see playing time, but Reagor should find his way onto the field a good amount in 2020, and his long-term upside is very high in Pederson’s offense.
Ezekiel Elliott tested positive for coronavirus.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, multiple players from the Cowboys and the Texans have tested positive for COVID-19. This is not good to hear, but fortunately these are professional athletes that should be in tip-top shape and will hopefully not have much trouble pushing through the virus. As with everyone that has the coronavirus, hopefully the players that caught it are feeling better soon.
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